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Addressing the Challenge of Counterfeit Parts - SAE International Unveils New Web Portal

WARRENDALE, Pa., Sept. 19, 2012 - According to a study by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry & Security, the number of counterfeit incidents reported by 387 participants climbed from 3,868 in 2005 to 9,356 in 2008, an increase of more than 140 percent.

To help combat such counterfeiting, SAE International offers its new “Counterfeit Parts Portal.” The portal is designed as an information clearing house for manufacturers and engineers trying to cope with the counterfeit parts challenge. Building from SAE International’s leadership position, the new portal aggregates news, articles, opinion pieces, blogs, and regulatory and legislative information related to the topic.

“We’ve really created a go-to website related to counterfeit parts and the challenges associate with them,” Bill Cariello, Manager, Web Strategy/Operations, SAE International, said. “SAE International’s new ‘Counterfeit Parts Portal’ provides important knowledge to help mobility engineering professionals deal with the challenges presented by counterfeit parts and help the industry as a whole eliminate them.”

Counterfeit parts aren’t just a problem in private industry; they extend into the government and military, as well. The US Senate Armed Services Committee found 1800 cases of counterfeit parts finding their way into weapon systems, involving over a million parts, in a two year period. 70 percent of these could be traced to China.

“There clearly is a problem, and we hope that SAE International’s new ‘Counterfeit Parts Portal’ can help provide solutions,” Cariello added.

In addition to the portal, SAE International and TTI, Inc. have partnered to present the first-ever “SAE 2012 Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium,” which will be held Friday, November 2, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ. Attendees will discuss the challenges of this issue through an open forum environment and learn about the negative impact that counterfeit electronic parts are having on business, and the current processes in place to mitigate this growing problem.  

For more information on the symposium, visit http://www.sae.org/events/cpas/; or contact SAE International Customer Service: 1-877-606-7323 (U.S. and Canada only) or 1-724-776-4970 (outside U.S. and Canada), or email customerservice@sae.org.

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